Pete and Laura Walkman, founders of Great Harvest Bread Co., began baking bread in the 1970s to help pay their way through college. When their loaves began to pick up notoriety across Montana, the couple opened multiple Great Harvest locations, expanding to more than 200 bakeries all over the country within 30 years. At each location, chefs combine the Great Harvest's venerated, additive-free recipes with their own to craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using fresh-ground flour and local honey. Each month brings a newly designed menu that employs the season's freshest ingredients and harvests the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees.
Kathleen's cookies are not just her own—they're the result of the hard work and traditions carried on by five generations. Inspired by her grandmother, who made traditional Belgium cookies only once a year that were cherished by the whole family, Kathleen worked with fragmented recipes to develop her own version of the crispy treats. After a year of hard work, she started Kathleen's Kookies with her signature Malvinas, named after her grandmother. Aiming to keep the family's traditions alive, she crafts the cherished cookies year-round to share with others, packaged inside pretty baskets, boxes, and foreclosed doll houses.
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
An 1872 Victorian home sets the stage for Simply Sweet Shoppe's misty, nostalgic world of handmade chocolate truffles, bulk bins full of colorful candies, and the smell of freshly baked cookies, muffins, and scones. Displays of ten-cent candies and retro sweets evoke the image of a simpler time, when men still wore hats and "horse chestnuts" was still considered a curseword. Guests dine on savory panini sandwiches on the sunny patio, or sip cups of Hubbard & Cravens coffee as they admire the gift baskets and confectioneries from local candysmiths such as Indiana Artisans. The array of goodies satisfies any sweet tooth, whether it desires the cold creamy texture of gelato and sorbets, the frozen fruitiness of smoothies, or the wholesome sweetness of fresh baked goods.
In an interior that blends the aura of a club with that of a good friend’s living room, minimalist geometric paintings reminiscent of Rothko’s work hang alongside classical portraiture on the walls. Beneath the swaths of color, patrons direct their own tasting experiences with self-serve Enomatic machines, which draw from dozens of bottles to dispense servings of 1–6 ounces of red or white wines. More than 30 domestic and international wines star on the wine list, from sweet rieslings to cabernet sauvignons to the deep red of a rebellious bull’s Camaro. Sharable plates, including baked brie with apricot compote and flatbreads topped with steak and Stilton blue cheese, fuel conversation.
Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.